Drive-through testing for SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic health and social care workers and household members: an observational cohort study

Benjamin Parcell (Lead / Corresponding author), Kathryn Brechin, Sarah Allstaff, Meg Park , Wendy Third, Susan Bean, Chris Hind, Rajiv Farmer, James D. Chalmers

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    Abstract

    The requirement for health and social care workers to self-isolate when they or their household contacts develop symptoms consistent with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection can lead to critical staff shortages in the context of a pandemic. In this report, we describe the implementation of a drive-through testing service in a single National Health Service region in Scotland. From 17 March 2020 to 11 April 2020, 1890 SARS-CoV-2 reverse transcription PCR assay (RT-PCR) tests were performed. 22% of tests were positive. Allowing the remaining 78% of staff to return to work within 24 hours was estimated to save over 8000 working days during the peak pandemic period.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1109-1111
    Number of pages3
    JournalThorax
    Volume75
    Issue number12
    Early online date27 Aug 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

    Keywords

    • clinical epidemiology
    • infection control
    • viral infection

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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